Getting entry into NBA directly from High School and winning five NBA championships is never an easy task. However, Kobe Bryant made it possible! He is an American former professional basketball player. Throughout his basketball career, he played only with the ‘Los Angeles Lakers’.
He is mostly treated as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Now let’s have a closer look at the biography and net worth of Kobe Bryant in 2018.
Early Life & Biography:
Kobe was born on 23 August 1978 in the Philadelphia city of United States. He is the youngest and the only son among the three children born to Pamela Cox Bryant and former NBA player, Joe Bryant. He started playing basketball right from the age of three and his favorite team while he was growing up was ‘Lakers.’ That’s what we call dreams coming true! He got national identification during his high school career which he completed at the Lower Merion High School, Ardmore.
In November 1999, Kobe Bryant met a background music dancer, Vanessa Laine and fell in love with her. After dating her for six months, the couple got engaged in May 2000 and eventually got married on 18 April 2001. In 2003, the couple was blessed to have their first child: a daughter named Natalia Diamante Bryant. In 2005, Vanessa suffered a miscarriage and in 2006, their second daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant was born. In late 2011, Vanessa filed for divorce, but by the beginning of 2013, the separation was called off. In December 2016, the couple was blessed to have another daughter who got named Bianka.
Career, Awards & Nominations:
Although Kobe’s basketball career began from his high school only, he came to media limelight in 1996 when he became the youngest player to play in an NBA game. From 2000 to 2002, he led the ‘Lakers’ to three back to back NBA championships. In 2008, he was awarded the “Most Valuable Player” award. The ‘Lakers’ lost the 2008 NBA finals, but again in 2009 and 2010, Kobe performed well and led the team to championships. In both the seasons, he was given the “Most Valuable Player” award. In 2013, he suffered an ankle injury which eventually led to his retirement after the 2015-2016 NBA seasons.
Net Worth & Earnings:
As of 2018, The net worth of Kobe Bryant to date is $500 million. With this enormous wealth, he was ranked at the 33rd position in the Forbes list of 40 Richest Entrepreneurs Under 40. During his entire professional career spanning two decades, he earned a total of $770 million. Most of his wealth is the result of his successful basketball career. He has also raked in big bucks endorsing various brands like Adidas, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Nike, Turkish Airlines, etc. His net worth includes numerous popular cars like a yellow Lamborghini Murcielago, Ferrari, Range Rover, and three magnificent houses worth $20 million.
Kobe’s dad was a professional basketball player and retired to be a coach. So, Kobe got the best possible environment to get trained in basketball. This was the reason, he started playing the game from the age of three and gained national recognition during his high school days only. He also became the youngest ever player to play in the NBA games. Even though now he is retired, a player of his calibre will forever be alive in people’s memories.